Have I mentioned that I love Autumn? The weather is changing here in Barcelona with a beautiful blue sky almost every day and the temperature starting to get a little cooler. It’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a great Autumn Celebration book from our ES Library. Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite Halloween and Thanksgiving read alouds and chapter book recommendations with you.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – This is a fun read where a not-so-scary witch picks up some friends after losing her hat. The book has charming illustrations and it’s a perfect length for primary students.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams – This book has been around a long time. I can remember reading it when I was a young girl. Several items of clothing are chasing the little old lady, but she isn’t afraid. She eventually finds a clever use for them as well! Students are delighted by the sound effects that each object makes!
Clifford’s Halloween by Norman Bridwell – Who doesn’t love Clifford? Clifford wants to dress up for Halloween, so his friend Emily Elizabeth helps him with a costume. Things don’t go exactly as planned, though. A great book to share with Kindergarten and 1st grade students.
Upper Elementary Grades
The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville – I love this story about a boy who is given a magical ring and uses it to turn himself into a monster, in order to protect himself from a bully. What seems to be a great idea at first glance turns into a big problem: how will Russell turn back into a regular boy? I recommend this book to my reluctant readers, and more often than not, they come back excited about what a good book it was!
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz – This is another one of those books I can’t keep on my shelf. Kids love these stories, and also his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. They are constantly checked out of my library.
Scream Street by Tommy Donbavand – Admittedly, I have not read these books yet, but I have the entire set in the library. I haven’t seen a single one on a shelf since they came in, so I assume they are a hit!
What are your favorite books for Halloween and Thanksgiving?
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